Hawks at Dusk

for William Kirk

Tonight will be the longest night
in the history of the Earth, I am told,
but even such a little eternity beggars
imagination, while the things of this world,

illuminated by the distant sun, do not.
They still deserve our attention: twelve
red-tails on the way back from your memorial
today, one on the top of a steel light post

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Bill KingĀ is a 1990 graduate of the M.A. program in Creative Writing at the University of Georgia and has taught literature and creative writing at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia, for the past twenty years. His work has appeared and is forthcoming in several journals and anthologies, including Kestrel, Appalachian Heritage, Still: The Journal, The Southern Poetry Anthology, and A Narrow Fellow: Journal of Poetry.

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